You’ve Read the Book, Now Live in Hobbit Houses at $225 per Night

You've Read the Book, Now Live in Hobbit Houses at $225 per Night

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans can live like Bilbo Baggins in these quirky hobbit houses built into the hillside for £175 ($225) a night.

 

Bagend and The Burrow were painstakingly hand-crafted by father Ian, 63, and son Lewis Keir, 32, on their family land in Perthshire, Scotland.

The immense project took more than a year to complete but the finished result is two beautifully handmade holiday lets that JRR Tolkien would be proud of.

 

The hobbit houses are a luxurious off-grid option for glamping enthusiasts complete with iconic round doors with grass-covered roofs.

The properties, which look almost identical to the fictional cottages found in the Shire in Middle-earth, have woodburning stoves and gas hobs as well as a fire pit outside.

They have beautiful hand-carved fittings and furniture, a bath or shower and hand-carved sinks as well as eco-friendly composting toilets.

Mr Keir decided a couple of years ago that he wanted to build the bespoke cottages despite none of the family having seen the films or read the books.

A visit to Hobbiton in New Zealand inspired the plans and after brushing up on Lord of the Rings knowledge the family began handcrafting the unusual builds.

The project took an immense amount of work, with the properties having to be dug into the ground. Father and son made all the stonework and woodwork by hand, which took about a year to complete.

Mr Keir and his wife Heather now run the holiday let business full time while their son has taken over the family joinery business.

Mrs Keir, 61, said: ‘We bought Craighead, a traditional Scottish farmhouse, 30 years ago as our family home where Ian could also run his joinery business from.

‘We raised our three children here and it wasn’t until about 2010 that we started thinking about having holiday cottages on the land.

 

‘Ian loves building quirky things, he’s the one with the vision, but we’ve always loved the outdoors and camping.

‘We have been very particular about how we want them so all our holiday cottages are bespoke and a bit different and they are all in their own part of the grounds so people staying don’t have to talk to anyone else if they don’t want to.

‘We had some land at the bottom of our grounds and one day Ian just decided it lent itself to a couple of proper hobbit houses.

‘I suppose it was a bit of a weird decision as we had never seen the films or read the books.

‘We had the plans approved while we were in New Zealand and had visited Hobbiton.

‘It was a massive job, they had to be dug into the ground, the walls retained and then all the stonework and woodwork was done by hand.

The family say the Hobbit houses took were a huge investment but that the end result was worth it.

Mrs Keir said: ‘They handmade the sinks, windows, doors. It was hard work.

‘It took a huge effort and a big investment but we think they’re fabulous and we’ve had some wonderful reviews so far, people love them.

‘We are lucky that we have the perfect backdrop. The landscape is very similar to New Zealand and it’s a lovely setting with lots of wildlife.

‘It’s a great place to get away for peace and quiet and we have 360-degree views of the hills.’

The Hobbit Howfs cost £175 ($225) a night and have a minimum two-night stay. Visit craigheadhowf.co.uk to find out more.

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